BSB: Allingham and EHA step up to Superbike

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EHA Racing will feature on the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship grid as they enter the premier class for the first time with 23-year-old series rookie David Allingham.

EHA Racing and Allingham are now looking ahead to the new challenge after their podium-finishing season in the Supersport class, aboard his CF Motorsport prepared EHA Racing Yamaha YZF-R1. 

Allingham said: “If I’m honest, I’ve had one eye on this move for a couple of seasons. We’ve won races in Supersport and competed at the sharp end with the likes of Mackenzie, Dixon and Andrew Irwin, to name a few, who have all shown great promise in BSB. I’ve no illusions at the size of the task but I’m confident we can, with a lot of hard work, match those I’ve already mentioned and establish ourselves in the series as a worthy team and rider package.

“I was able to get some laps on the bike a couple of weeks ago in Portugal, and although we weren’t racing the bike, I immediately felt at home on the R1, and had a smile from ear to ear as we lapped Portimão.

“I know the characteristics of a Superbike will suit my riding style, and with the confidence I have gained working with Craig Fitzpatrick already this season within the EHA Racing garage, I’m confident we can set out an achievable game plan for the season ahead.

“The goal will be to focus on that and not let anything else become a distraction. I’m fully aware there’s no fast track to success in BSB; you need to be patient and serve the apprenticeship before you can really open up the taps, but I’m excited. I’m very excited about the year ahead and cannot wait to get on the grid.”   

Team Manager, Gail Allingham said: “The decision to go into the Superbike class has not been taken lightly, but we feel David is ready for the challenge. With so many young riders making the step, we feel this is the correct time to enter the premier class, and this is why we believe, with the preparation support of CF Motorsport and our own dedicated crew – we can do a solid job all round in year one with David on the EHA Racing Yamaha. 

“We pride ourselves on our preparation and team presentation, which goes hand-in-hand with the desired and tangible on track success. With all these ingredients added into the EHA Racing mix, we are hopeful that this will be enough to also attract some new partners for the 2019 season.”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing